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Marines Kick Off A Year Of Wargames To Help Build New Force

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“We’ve got to wrestle with ship mix and their capacity; there’s a balancing act.” 

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SecDef & Marines Want To Disperse Across Pacific, But It’s Hard

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Concerns over a new Okinawa airfield, and how to get Marines across vast swaths of ocean, are complicating American plans to spread forces across the Pacific.

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Marines To Roll Out Major Modernization Plan, Heavy On Drones, Fires

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Marine Corps and Navy are moving past the insurgent wars of the past two decades and readying themselves to play a central role in countering China and Russia.

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Marines Eye Unmanned Systems To Keep F-35s Flying From Remote Bases

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The Navy and Marine Corps are trying to buy new autonomous and unmanned systems more quickly for expeditionary ops, but as one general warned, “if I can’t sustain it, I’m hosed.”

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Sacred Cows Die As Marine Commandant Changes Course On Amphibs

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“It would be illogical to continue to concentrate our forces on a few large ships,” the new USMC Commandant writes in his new guidance, setting decades of planning on its head. So what’s next?

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Marines Develop Laser To Fry Drones From JLTVs

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Army is also testing the last, which can smack into drones from hundreds of meters away.

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2020 Budget: One Half Step Towards A Great Power Strategy

Posted by Mark Cancian on


The Trump defense budget takes significant steps to move from a focus on regional conflicts and counter-insurgency to a focus on great power conflicts. But the Army, Navy Air Force and Marines clearly are struggling with this balance.

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Marine Commandant Memo Adds Billions to DoD’s Growing Weather Cleanup

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: A pair of memos from Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller paint a grim picture of the Corps’ fiscal health at a time when the White House and Pentagon bask in the glow of their record $750 billion request for fiscal 2020. The missives, sent in recent weeks to the Navy Secretary and Acting Defense… Keep reading →

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Three Attack Subs ‘Not Certified To Dive’; Navy F-35s at 15 Percent Readiness

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CAPITOL HILL: Navy readiness is “heading in the wrong direction,” the Government Accountability Office told the Senate this morning, with only 15 percent of Navy F-35Cs rated “fully mission capable.” At the same hearing, a four-star admiral acknowledged three nuclear-powered attack submarines were still stuck awaiting overhaul, with the USS Boise expected to be out of action… Keep reading →

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Mr. President, Leave Syria

Posted by Doug Macgregor on


No one knows precisely what happened inside the White House that resulted in President Trump’s sudden about-face on Syria. One day he was planning to extricate American ground troops from Syria; then he wasn’t. Regardless, whoever is urging the president to leave a small contingent of 2,000 lightly armed soldiers and Marines in a remote corner of Syria is doing the president and the nation a grave disservice. 

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